MajorGeeks Support Forums

Go Back   MajorGeeks Support Forums > ----------= PC, Desktop and Laptop Support =---------- > Hardware
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Casino Mark Forums Read

Hardware Hardware like hard drives, motherboards, video cards, printers, CD-ROMs, etc.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-05-10, 19:16
Nickompoop's Avatar
Nickompoop Nickompoop is offline
Private First Class
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: California
Posts: 66
Thanks: 5
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Glacial Download Speeds

I play games on my PC, so, naturally I use Steam. However I've run into a bit of a problem. Whenever I download something, be it a new game, DLC, or an update, Steam shows my download speed to be incredibly slow. I'm lucky to hit 1MB/S and it usually levels out to 50-100 KB/S. However, it fluctuates wildly, hitting 1.5 MB/S or going down to 10 Bytes/S (no, I'm not kidding. that happened today) within 30 seconds. We have Comcast and we subscribe to a 16 MB/S download speed. I'm running off of 802.11g Wi-Fi, Vista, and a 150Mbps USB 2.0 adapter with a hi-gain antennae.

I have no idea what's causing the slow speeds and it only happens when I download something. Web pages show up as fast as they're supposed to.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Download Speed.jpg (23.8 KB, 4 views)
__________________
Shibboleet
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
  #2  
Old 10-17-10, 12:20
djlowe djlowe is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 113
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Default Re: Glacial Download Speeds

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nickompoop View Post
I play games on my PC, so, naturally I use Steam. However I've run into a bit of a problem. Whenever I download something, be it a new game, DLC, or an update, Steam shows my download speed to be incredibly slow. I'm lucky to hit 1MB/S and it usually levels out to 50-100 KB/S. However, it fluctuates wildly, hitting 1.5 MB/S or going down to 10 Bytes/S (no, I'm not kidding. that happened today) within 30 seconds. We have Comcast and we subscribe to a 16 MB/S download speed. I'm running off of 802.11g Wi-Fi, Vista, and a 150Mbps USB 2.0 adapter with a hi-gain antennae.

I have no idea what's causing the slow speeds and it only happens when I download something. Web pages show up as fast as they're supposed to.
Hi,

The most likely explanation is that Comcast is throttling/shaping the bandwidth use in your service area, and giving priority to Web traffic, and lowering/throttling the bandwidth otherwise, which explains why your Steam and DLC downloads are slow, but Web browsing is not.

You can test whether or not this is the case by running the Glasnost test at: http://www.measurementlab.net/measurement-lab-tools

Regards,

dj
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-17-10, 14:31
Nickompoop's Avatar
Nickompoop Nickompoop is offline
Private First Class
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: California
Posts: 66
Thanks: 5
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Re: Glacial Download Speeds

I ran three of the tests and none of them said that my uploads were being throttled, but the downloads were too noisy to measure any throttling. What would cause such noise and how can I reduce it to get an accurate measurement?
__________________
Shibboleet
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-17-10, 14:44
satrow's Avatar
satrow satrow is offline
Major Geek Extraordinaire
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Waimoana
Posts: 5,251
Thanks: 502
Thanked 1,231 Times in 1,114 Posts
Default Re: Glacial Download Speeds

I'd connect via ethernet cable direct to the router (and turn off wireless on the router) to test, it'll rule out any wireless interference and piggy-back connections.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
download speed, slow, slow internet

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Upload and Download speeds jamesfg Software 2 03-31-10 13:49
slow download speeds? asdfa Hardware 4 11-28-06 03:25
download speeds musksnipe The Lounge 5 11-26-06 14:13
Slow upload speeds, but fast DownLoad speeds? Capped? Aynatix Hardware 1 08-02-05 23:34
What are your download speeds? Adrynalyne The Lounge 28 06-07-05 18:12


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:16.

MajorGeeks.Com Menu

MajorGeeks.Com \ All In One Tweaks \ Android \ Anti-Malware \ Anti-Virus \ Appearance \ Backup \ Browsers \ CD\DVD\Blu-Ray \ Covert Ops \ Drive Utilities \ Drivers \ Graphics \ Internet Tools \ Multimedia \ Networking \ Office Tools \ NEW! PC Games \ System Tools \ Macintosh \ Demonews.Com \ Top Downloads

MajorGeeks.Com \ News (Tech) \ Off Base (Other Websites News) \ Way Off Base (Offbeat Stories and Pics)

Social: Facebook \ YouTube \ Twitter \ Tumblr \ Pintrest \ RSS Feeds


All content Copyright MajorGeeks.com source code Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright © 2009 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.
Ad Management by RedTyger